Poole and Bournemouth Stamp & Postcard Club (Founded 1967)

Affiliated to the Association of British Philatelic Societies


The Somerset & Dorset Philatelic Federation

Meetings are held at 7:30pm on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Upton Community Centre,
Poole Road, Upton, Poole BH16 5JA (see map at bottom of page)

To contact the Publicity Officer e-mail chriswheeler07@btinternet.com


Car park at Upton Community Centre
and St Dunstan's Church, Upton, Poole




Club Programme for 2016-2017 Year

September 10th ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)
September 15th OPEN EVENING with mini displays by members
October 6th Autumn Auction
October 20th P, Q and R are for ..............
November 3rd Members Postal History displays
November 17th Members Displays - any topic, first half silent
November 26th Somerset & Dorset Federation Annual Competitions, Axminster (Saturday)
December 1st Winter Auction
December 15th Christmas Social & anything but stamps
January 5th Members: Picture postcard evening
January 19th Members displays: "Sport"
February 2nd Nominated Members - Educational evening - Stamp design and printing
February 16th *** NO MEETING ***
March 2nd Spring Auction
March 16th Competition Evening - Green Cup, Novice, Barry Proctor, John Hilton & Bill Way Competitions
April 6th Members Displays - Holidays and places visited
April 8th Ferndown Society's Annual Stamp Fair and Interclub Competition (Saturday)
April 20th Competition entries displayed
May 4th Guest John Davis FRPSL "Tin Can Mail"
May 18th Annual General Meeting, followed by social
June 1st

Members Displays - any topic, first half silent

June 3rd RINGPEX, Ringwood Philatelic Society Fair, Greyfriars, Ringwood 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)
June 15th Summer Auction
July 6th Guest Colin Mount FRPSL with "Pig in the Post"
July 20th Members Displays - Transport
August 3rd Guest Philip Cant with "Messing about in Boats"
August 17th Members: Cinderella, Revenue and Fiscal displays

September 7th

September 9th

50th Anniversary Evening - Special Inter-club event from 7:30pm

ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)



Meeting Reports


Thursday 18th May 2017 - AGM

A successful AGM was held on the evening of 18th May, with many menbers atttending. As well as the formal discussions plans were finalised for the Programme for 2018-2019, and the 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Chairman's Award, 2017
The Social after the AGM 1880s Map of Poole Harbour


Thursday 4th May 2017 - Guest John Davis FRPSL "Tin Can Mail"

John Davis is well known to the Club for his excellent displays, and this one was also exciting. Based on his successful competition entry at Stampex in 2016, John first gave a brief account of the history and geology of the island of Niuafo'ou, part of the Tonga Group. Discovered in 1616, it has an average population of 1,300 mainly illiterate inhabitants, yet it has over the years had an enormous mail count, all resulting from its unique method of delivery. Being a volcanic island with no port or beaches, all shipments have been done to and from ships anchored about two miles off shore whose captains sound the ship's horn when they are ready to unload or pick up provisions. Swimmers go out in the shark infested waters to collect and deliver cargo to these ships. However in 1882 a white non-native became marooned on the island and sent a letter wrapped in greaseproof paper in a sealed container to a passing ship for delivery to the Tonga postal authorities asking for a mail service to be set up. Once this had been agreed the mail became known as Tin Can Mail because it was transported to and from these passing ships in sealed kerosene cans. After a few years tourist ships seized on the idea, and they made a special stop off the coast for their passengers to send mail to the island to be franked and returned to them. Over the years a large variety of cachets in different styles and languages were designed and used, and these were reflected in John's display.

Special events occurring in and to the island were also shown, such as the total eclipse of the sun in 1930, the volcanic eruptions in 1946 leading to the evacuation of the island, and the cessation of the service, and then its resumption in 1962 following the islanders return; and its continued use until the small airport was opened in 1983. His display included some newspaper articles, comical postcards, damaged covers and various other stories, such as the replacement of swimmers with canoes after one of the swimmers was killed by a shark.

Chairman Chris Wheeler gave a vote of thanks on conclusion of the talk, which had been enjoyed by all present, and had generated a number of questions during its delivery.

Incoming mail cover, 1938, with image of the island imprinted on it Very rare cover with "Damaged by Salt Water in Tonga" cachet Detail of the cachet "Damaged by Salt Water in Tonga" cachet
Canoe Mail Cartoon cover from Walter Quensell to his son Japanese hand paintedcover sent to Niuafoou for postage back to the artist
US Naval Eclipse Expedition cover Reverse side of the US Eclipse Expedition cover 1946 Volcankic Eruption cover to Great Britain
Last Tin Can Mail Evacuation cover, 1946, to Fiji Resumption of Tin Can Mail service FDC in 1962

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 20th April 2017 - Competition Entries Displayed and Awards

Those who had entered the Competition on 16th March had the opportunity to put up their entries again this evening and to talk about them. Certificates, Cups and Shields were presented to much applause. This was followed by some additional displays, notably that by Tony Arnold of two boards laid out with colourful copies of the front covers of comics from the 1950s and 1960s. Mike Houchen also put of a display of some of the lighthouses on postcards from around the English coast.

Ken looking at the Competition Entries
Mike explaining his Competition Entry The Lighthouse on Holy Island St Mary's Lighthouse at Whiteley Bay

(Chris Wheeler)


Thursday 6th April 2017 - Holidays and Places Visited

Three members put up displays this evening, Tony Arnold showing many pictures of his visits to Denmark, highlighting the more unusual and memorable sights and experiences as he travelled around the country, to its islands and major cities. His first illustrations were of the old cottages on the island of Læsø which had been converted to museums and had roofs of seaweed, which over time slid down and covered the walls and windows. He showed lots of pictures from the travelling floating ship The Ark, which featured many stories from the Bible, finishing with the Mermaid in Copenhagen. Don Trowsdale gave everyone a cornucopia of illustrated memories from places which he had visited during his lifetime with interesting stories about the visits. These started with his family home at County Gates on the Somerset/Devon border, his fascination with Dan Dare and itsmuseum, picking grapes from a vineyard in Lytchett Matravers and making wine from them, his visits to Quebeck, Sanibel Island, Scotland and his local at Yately where he lived for some time. Chris Wheeler then illustrated with stamps, postcards and covers items that had been sent to or received from the nine islands in the Canaries.

Don's Parents's Home at County Gates in the 1930s On Holiday at the Coronation Street set outside the Rovers Return In Nefoundland after the floods, a schooner towing a house to safety
The Ark floating Museum Statue of the Pigs in Aarhus, Denmark The craze of knitting blankets for the trees in the forest
A museum in Læsø with seaweed roof overhanging
Postcard map of the Canary Islands 1898 1d mauve from Dover to Lanzarote on piece showing St Margaret's Bay Hotel, Lanzarote

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 16th March 2017 - Competition Evening
Green Cup, Novice Cup, Harry Parsons Shield, The Thematic Cup, Barry Proctor Cup, John Hilton Trophy and the overall Bill Way Shield

There were nine entries altogether this evening, four were judged by visiting Judge, Albert Jackson, the others by Club members. The results and overall winner of the Bill Way Shield are in the tables below. After completing his work, Albert reminded Club members that Competitions were a key part in the life of any Philatelic group, and that taking part is highly recommended. He commented that he had taken part in many competitions over the years, some doing very well, and some entries not even being placed. He had tried to be fair in following the competition rules, explaining how the entries had met or otherwise the spirit of the rules. His key message was that competitors must "lead the judge", have a plan, good introduction and then the exhibit must lead the judge clearly the through the story being told.

Green Cup

Harry Parsons Shield
(Postal History)
Thematic Cup Barry Proctor Cup
John Hilton Trophy
(modern Covers)
1 1 2 3 2 0

Entries judged by Albert Jackson

  Name Subject Points Award
Green Cup        
1st Don Trowsdale Ascension Islands 45 MERIT
Harry Parsons Shield        
1st Wendy Buckle Latvia at War 1919-1920 80 GOLD
The Thematic Cup        
1st Chris Wheeler A Day Out at Kew Gardens 76 SILVER
2nd Mike Houchen 'Evolved' Lighthouses 66 SILVER

Entries judged by Club Members

Barry Proctor Cup    
1st MikeTrickett Paris Flood
2nd Chris Wheeler Postcrossing
3rd Tony Arnold Saucy Postcards
John Hilton Trophy    
1st Chris Wheeler Worldwide Covers from 1967
2nd Chris Wheeler GB Covers from 1967
Bill Way Shield    
1st Chris Wheeler A Day Out at Kew Gardens
2nd Wendy Buckle Latvia at War 1919-1920
3rd Mike Houchen 'Evolved' Lighthouses
Joint 4th MikeTrickett Paris Flood
Joint 4th Chris Wheeler Worldwide Covers from 1967
Joint 4th Don Trowsdale Ascension Islands
Joint 7th Tony Arnold Saucy Postcards
Joint 7th Chris Wheeler Postcrossing
Joint 7th Chris Wheeler GB Covers from 1967

Going forward to the Ferndown Interclub Competition on 8 April

PostalHistory Wendy Buckle Latvia at War 1919-1920
Thematic Chris Wheeler A Day Out at Kew Gardens

(wendy buckle and chris wheeler)


Thursday 2nd March 2017

Spring Auction

A successful evening was held, with a good proportion of the varied submitted lots being sold; then followed by a raffle.

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 2nd February 2017
Education Evening - Stamp Design and Printing

Wendy Buckle started the evening with a brief introduction of the pre-1840 postal system, when amongst other things, rates were based on distance travelled by the postal item and payment on receipt.  With Rowland Hill’s revolutionary new system, pre-payment was the norm, and a fixed price per weight was introduced.  This led to the invent of stamps, the need for designers, and rules for their design and usage.  She explained how the first stamps, the 1d black and 2d blue came into being, and how they evolved over the years, with such concepts as security features and from 1858, perforations, and then later on plate numbers.  She spoke of the different methods of stamp design, starting with engraving, which included the greatest stamp engraver of all time, Czeslaw Slania, and his background.  It was he who produced Great Britain’s mail coaching stamp set of 1984.

The methodology and examples of embossed stamps, with their 3D effect, letterpress, flat-bed printing, offset lithography and photogravure were all illustrated.  Finally she gave examples of the most famous stamp printers, starting with Perkins Bacon, who had printed the first British stamps, and then a dozen other well-known printers, closing with a description of the De La Rue Key Plate system.  Tony Arnold followed, describing his display of a wide variety of printed postal stationery, and in particular the Pitney Bowes stamp label producing machine that his family had used some decades ago, together with a bottle of the ink used in the machine.
After the break, Chris Wheeler spoke about the purpose of stamps, the main categories they fall into and some of those that have unique design features; and how the design process is used to enable successful stamps to be designed.  He used David Gentleman’s designs as an example of how the Stamp Committee influences the designers and vice versa, with examples of accepted and rejected designs. In conclusion he spoke of his visit to the ISP printers in Walsall, and explained the stamp printing process they used in the production of the Machin 1st class purple “Long to Reign Over Us” issued in September 2015.  The final display was by Mary Parsons who had expertly analysed the hidden date codes and source codes of recent Machin issues, and displayed examples of some of them, with enlargements, and a supply of magnifying glasses for members to use to find the hidden codes. A lot of work and analysis lay behind her talk, the results of which surprised many of those in attendance!

Stamp sheet printed using the Line Engraved method Stamp sheet printed using the Letterpress method Perkins Bacon printing the 1d black and 2d blue, and their machine Stamps printed by the South African Printing Works
Pitney Bowes' red Postal Franking Ink from 1970s Mary and Mike explaining the security features of current Machins, with the Gentleman display in the foreground Wendy examining one of the Machin examples Four examples of the security codes in use on current Machins

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 19th January 2017- Sport

Tony Arnold started the evening with a display of postcards on motor cycle racing, particularly the Isle of Man TT Races. Pictures of a few accidents were shown, though Tony did point out that more visitors are statistically likely to have an accident travelling to the event than riders are likely to crash! He then showed Sammy Miller, who won major events at both road racing and trials, and who today runs the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum at New Milton (see http://sammymiller.co.uk/). Tony followed these with some first day covers including cricket, tennis and football.
Mike Houchen, known for his collection on Lighthouses, rose to the occasion and showed some of his covers which also feature sports, including (very topically as it was Inauguration Day the next day) Donald Trump’s golf course at Turnberry.
Alan King made several members quite nostalgic when he showed sporting sets issued by Hungary in the 1950s and 1960s. Many of us remembered owning those stamps in our early collecting days. Eight pages of Hungary were shown, from 1952 to 1965, including the Olympics at Melbourne, Rome and Tokyo. Alan contrasted this coverage with France, who between 1924 and 1926 only issued sport stamps enough to fill three pages. However, the 1998 Football World Cup – hosted by France – produced a flurry of new issues!
Michael Mawdsley showed stamps and first day covers from his GB collection including the 1948 London Olympic games, the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games (we still had an Empire in those days!), and covers featuring sailing, rugby, cricket and football amongst others.
Brian Cribb brought a different emphasis to the evening with some memorabilia of his and his son’s sporting careers. His son Mark was a very successful county athletics sprinter and Brian himself used to play for Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic Football Club, who reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup in 1930. Photos, postcards, press clippings and badges were shown.
Finally, in his absence a display by Chris Wheeler on Formula One was shown. Loved or hated, it is a sport which taxes not just the driver but more and more the latest technology.

Five of the seven stamps from Hungary's 1960 Winter Olympic Games set
Cyclists Club Centenary Cover 200th Anniversary of the Derby FDC
America's Cup - miniature sheet Sammy Miller postcard

(wendy buckle)


Thursday 5th January 2017 - Postcards

Tony Arnold kicked the evening off with two frames of beautiful Edwardian postcards featuring flowers, mostly birthday greetings plus a few Easter and Christmas. He followed this with one frame of Dorset views.
Brian Cribb completed the first half with cards illustrating the history of Bournemouth, helpfully including a three page write-up for those unfamiliar with the town. Starting with the founder Captain Tregonwell he took us through to the present, pointing that there are still a few old Victorian villas left in the town. Brian followed this with a brief look at Cinema in Dorset, including Brownsea Island; and his reminiscences of being a singer at the Winter Gardens as a young man.
In the second half Tony Arnold continued his views of Dorset. He was followed by Ken Parrott showing some postcard views of Malta, plus some postal history on postcards, including cancels indicating the postman’s route numbers. This was an unusual topics, but not as unusual as his 1908 cancel on a Victorian stamp – no explanation known for this!
Finally, in his absence Chris Wheeler had arranged for a frame of Mauritius postcards to be shown. These included local produce and markets, the Natural History Museum, sugar plantations and the sugar industry, and some pictures of the beaches and hotels of Mauritius, now its second major source of income: tourism.

The Legendary Bombay Cover of 1 January 1850, and the engraved copper plate used to print the famous "Post Office" 1d and 2d issues

(By coincidence, the two above items were sold in Geneva at the David Feldman auction on 1 December 2016, reaching the prices of £2,045,000 and £1,125,000 respectively!


(wendy buckle)


Thursday 15th December 2016 - Christmas Social & anything but stamps

Sixteen members attended an active Christmas Social evening, which was opened by the Chairman commenting on a successful year in the Club, thanking those who had contributed so much to its programme of diverse topics and growth. For the first time a Chairman's Award had been designed and this was awarded to Tony Arnold for his significant personal advancement and contribution to the Club during 2016, in particular acknowledging the increase in quality and number of his displays at members' evenings, becoming a successful autioneer and generally being there to set the room up and asssist wherever possible. Following a hearty repast, various exhibits that some members had brought along were examined, and a stamp quiz was held.

Tony receiving the Chairman's Award from Chris Wheeler Club Members enjoying the Christmas Fayre, with some of the displays in the background

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 1st December - Winter Auction

Another sucessful auction was held this evening, with a number of quality lots realising good prices


Thursday 17th November - Member Displays - any topic, first half silent

Several members displayed a range of philatelic matrial duruing the evening commencing with a frame of very colourful humourous
postcards on a wide range of risques subject, all in full colour Tony Arnold had collected these, printed by various companies. A fascinating display of postcards, drawings and stamps was next. These were displayed by Mike Houchen on the thematic basis of "How Lighthouses Grew". Over the years, due to vegetation growth, the change to fog accumulations, new buildings and coastal erosion, many lighthouses from all over the world have been added to, shortend or relocated. With the illustrations this made an excellent story. Very nicely presented sheets of the definitive issues of Tristan de Cunha from 1952 till 2015 was Ray's offering, with a new set issued every three to four years. Don then followed with ten sheets of Commomwealth issues covering a mass of topics from Abolition of Slavery, Naval Craft, John Lennon and the Royal Families of the world. The first half ended with a splendid display of the huge Paris floods of 1910, illustrated by a set of matching sepia postcards and maps illustrated by Mike Trickett.

A magnificent display of non-religious manuscripts on stamps from the thirteenth century onwards was the next display. Illustrations for books of poems, stories, the history of the time, sagas, romance and natural history were the highlights. Examples from the remains of the Hungarian library and the recent Magna Carta centenary concluded the display. Bryan Cribb then put up three frames of postcards which had been sent to him over many years by his daughter as she travelled with her husband round the world working in the electrical generatrion industry, closing with postcards featuring military ship he had worked on durning his life, notably the Brittanic and Phoebe, (which had been based in Poole). The evening closed with a frame of mixed material accumulated during 2016 by Chris Wheeler, some with incongruous postmarks, ratings and postal interest.

Some of the humourous postcards Height Change of Estonian Lighthouse, with stamp Tristan de Cunha 2015 Definitive Set Bryan with model on Brittanic
Lithuanian FDC Secular works on Stamps Straights Settlements Postcard HMS Phoebe

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 3rd November - Postal History

Tony Arnold started the evening with three frames of material covering a wide range of topics related to Postal History.. His first item was a postcard featuring Sir John Coke and Sir Francis Windebank who were installed as "joint masters of the post" on 1 July 1637 by King Charles I. Other key post officials such as Rowland Hill were featured, and then a range of uniforms, equipment, transport, post boxes (of various colours with their meanings), also including some unadopted ones made of wood for use in airports. He concluded with stamps showing methods of postal services used around the world, and finally the 40th anniversary of the Postcode on 8 April 2014. Chris Wheeler followed with a Postal History of Ringwood, showing poastcard views, a letter with the three ½d green Kings franked in Ringwood on 10 May 1837; a number of letters of various types sent to Rudolf Randow Esq at Newstead, Ringwood; a large 1870 Ringwood franked piece with four penny reds from plate 110; and a number of Ringwood cancelled letters from the 1830s. The last few sheets were of stationery in and out of Ringwood Ontario, Ringwood Oklahoma, Ringwood NewYork, Ringwood Victoria; some army censored mail from APO143, USA.

After the break, Mike Trickett showed a variety of covers with particular cachets and postal markings. These included pre-stamp, postage due and airmail covers from France; one of particular interest was carried on the SS Bremen then by air to New York. There were also covers from Egypt, Channel Islands during World War II, Greece, Lebanon and French Post Offices in Syria. Barry Hobbs showed two different areas. He started with what he described as his ‘serious’ collection: travelling post offices of Peru. Little is known about this subject and Barry has done a huge amount of research to uncover the items and their postal markings. Specific lines were shown, including the “English Line” from Callao (the chief seaport) to the capital, Lima. This postal service was so precisely run that you could stipulate on your envelope which train you wanted it carried on!

Barry’s second display he described as his ‘fun’ collection: illustrated envelopes from North America telling the story of medicines. The early doctors and pharmacists practiced on the Eastern Seaboard, and spread westward via waggon trains. With only limited knowledge, and limited raw materials, they manufactured various pills and potions which promised amazing cures; promises which had no scientific base at all, often sold by totally unqualified quacks. At best, some were mildly beneficial; at worst they were positively dangerous. One of the worst contained ethylene bromide which can damage liver, kidney and lungs. Salesmen did not hold back on the claims made for their products: one foot powder was claimed to cure frostbite and trench foot! covered 1785 up to 1858, before the introduction of postage stamps. Most of the covers shown went abroad, and she explained how mail was transported between countries before the foundation of the Universal Postal Union. Each country had its own agreements with its neighbour, and each country charged for the transit of mail. She showed as an example a cover of 1828 from Riga to London which required payment for the Russian part of the journey, was then charged by the Prussian authorities, and then further charged when it reached the UK. The UK charge on its own was 6 shillings and 8 pence. Sending letters wasn’t cheap! The second frame showed stamped covers from 1859 to 1898, highlighting the changes in design of postmarks during this period.

Sir John Coke and Sir Francis Windebank who were installed as the first "joint masters of the post" on 1 July 1637 by King Charles I Hand-written letter franked in Ringwood on 11 March 1837 Dorset and Weymouth Clubs anniverdary cover, showing their two cancellations

Early postman with his locked satchel A blue Air Mail letter box 40th Commemoration of the Postal Code inauguratiopn Two Army Examined "APO 143 Ringwood" covers

(chris wheeler/wendy buckle)



Thursday 20th October - P, Q and R are for ..............

Four displays were put up during the first half of the evening. Usung the letter "P", Tony Arnold displayed a wide range of covers and postcards with that letter as the subject matter. These include such as Pantomime, Philippines, Police, Parliament, Paxton and Painters, all well received. Don Trowsdale followed with the subject of Post Boxes, displaying a wide range of them, ones dug up and restored, the favourite from Brownsea Island, and examples from Antarctica. Chris Wheeler chose the relatively new sunject of Postcrossing illustated with mint and used stamps form various issuing countries, and with many examples of postcards that had been sent from one anonymous person to another with messages about the sender, his home town or his interests. This is a popular craze at present which many postal authorities are taking advantage of. Lastly in the first session was Mike Trickett with a range of stamps, covers and postcards relating to various historical aspects of the development of Paris.

Postcard showing Police Uniforms through the ages Selection of unearthed pillar boxes Fort Lochroy Base A Post Office, Antarctica, 1945
Postcrossing envelope to Australia with "E" stamp from Czechoslovakia Selection of Postage Due stamps from France (the first country to introduce them) Three stages in the building of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on a postcard

During the second half of the evening, Bryan Cribb portrayed an excellent recollection of his younger years, demonsrtrated with many examples of his memories. A miniature model of a 1950 BSA Motorbike with sidecar as used by his uncle at Porlock as an AA man featured the letter "P". "Q" covered a range of postcards of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. "R" featured various cars that travelled the Atlantic including a Renault insured for $1,000; 18 cars in the huge hold of the Normandie, and some Renaults on an aeroplane. He closed with the very difficult score of the musical "Robins Return" which his mother played as a party piece, one recognised as demonstrarting her high piano competence.

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 6th October, Autumn Auction

A sucessful auction was held this evening, with many quality lots realising good prices



Thursday 15th September 2016
Open Evening

An Open Evening for members and guests was held shortly after our Annual Fair, with the aim of promoting our Club and  getting   new   members.  Guests were invited to bring their own material to talk about, or just see the sort of things we have on offer.  In the event, very   pleasingly,  two new people signed up for membership on the night. The room was set up around static displays by members, giving them and guests a chance to look at a wide variety of subjects. Kicking off the display was an entertaining stamp-themed quiz set by Don Trowsdale, followed by:
South Georgia - Don Trowsdale
Lighthouses of Poland - Mike Houchen
Modern Covers - Philip Mudd
France - Mike Trickett
Local Postcards - Tony Arnold
Early Great Britain - Mary Parsons
The Arts - Chris Wheeler
Christmas First Day Covers - Tony Arnold
Entertaining Postcards - Tony Arnold

Examining the displays Examining the displays
Part of the Quiz The Christmas cover display

(Wendy Buckle)


To see reports from meetings since 1 November 2012, please click here


Future Meetings

Thursday 1st June 2017
Members Displays - any topic, first half silent

The Club meets at the Upton Community Centre (next to St Dunstan's Church) in the evenings of the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7.15pm for 7.30pm.
Annual membership subscription is £6. For further details please contact:

Secretary:- Michael Mawdsley, email: michael.p.mawdsley@gmail.com

Mike:- 01202 622873 (Local, Upton)



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